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UGANDA: Genital Mutilation Legal - AG

ANTI-FEMALE genital mutilation campaigners will be shocked to hear this: The act is legal, at least according to the Attorney General who is the chief legal adviser to the government.

The AG was responding to a petition in the Constitutional Court filed by Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda challenging the custom of female genital mutilation (FGM) practiced among some tribes in Eastern Uganda. They claim FGM is unconstitutional.

But the AG submitted that FGM is lawful and does not contravene any provisions of the Constitution. Through Rwakafuzi and Co. Advocates, the women lawyers contend the practice amounts to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment contrary to Article 24 of the Constitution.

However, the AG says the petition does not raise any matter for constitutional interpretation and should be dismissed with costs. In April, the women lawyers successfully challenged the law on adultery in the same court.

SOURCE: The Monitor

AUTHOR: Lominda Afedraru

URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/200706191038.html

DATE: 27/06/2007

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